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International News August 30, 2014

ECB ready to adjust monetary policy, Coeure says in Greek paper

The European Central Bank is ready to adjust its monetary policy further if needed and boost bank liquidity, ECB executive board member Benoit Coeure said in an essay published in Greek newspaper Ta Nea on Saturday.

Coeure said the ECB’s measures so far have contributed to stability in the euro zone while its recent decisions have ensured a particularly accommodative direction in monetary policy in the single-currency bloc.

“The ECB will provide additional liquidity to banks on the condition that…

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Sport August 30, 2014

Surprises galore for women at US Open, men steady

By Steve Keating

NEW YORK, Aug 30 (Reuters) – The U.S. Open women’s draw was blown wide open by a series of upsets on Friday but it was business as usual on the men’s side with Roger Federer leading a parade of seeds into the third round at the year’s final grand slam.

The shockwaves began early on another sunny day at Flushing Meadows with 32-year-old qualifier Mirjana Lucic-Baroni dismissing Romanian second seed Simona Halep 7-6(6) 6-2 to reach the…

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Local News August 30, 2014

Nature trial sees huge rise in visitors

THE Kallepeia nature trail in the Paphos District has been inundated with local and foreign visitors this August, according to head of the local council Nicos Savvides.

In an interview with Cyprus News Agency, Savvides said the 8km trail is a significant recreational site, made up of gorges, forest, and vast greenery. It begins at Ayios Giorgios’ Church in Kallepeia and ends at the giant rock in Episkopi. Along the trail, visitors pass the traditional fresh water fountain of Kalamos,…

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International News August 29, 2014

Ukraine seeks to join NATO; defiant Putin compares Kiev to Nazis

By Alexei Anishchuk and Richard Balmforth

Ukraine called on Friday for full membership in NATO, its strongest plea yet for Western military help after accusing Russia of sending in armoured columns that have driven back its forces on behalf of pro-Moscow rebels.

Russian President Vladimir Putin, defiant as ever, compared Kiev’s drive to regain control of its rebellious eastern cities to the Nazi invasion of the Soviet Union in World War Two. He announced that rebels had succeeded in halting…

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International News August 29, 2014

Iceland lowers volcano alert, says small eruption no threat to aviation

By Robert Robertsson and Simon Johnson

Iceland reduced its aviation warning level to orange on Friday after concluding that a small eruption in the Bardarbunga volcano system that triggered a hours-long red alert actually posed no threat to aircraft.

No sign of ash like that from the Eyjafjallajokull eruption that shut much of Europe’s air space in 2010 has been detected this time. But the Icelandic Metrological Office said a no-fly zone in a radius of 3 nautical miles just…

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International News August 29, 2014

Earthquake strikes southern Greece, felt in Athens

A strong earthquake shook southern Greece on Friday and was felt as far as Athens but there were no immediate reports of casualties or serious damage.

The quake measured 5.7 in magnitude, according to the U.S. Geological Survey and struck at sea 80 miles south of the Greek capital. It was 70 miles deep.

No tsunami warning was issued.

The Athens Geodynamic Institute also put the quake, which occurred at 0645 local time (0345 GMT), at 5.7 magnitude and said…

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Sport August 29, 2014

Dream run over for Bellis as big guns advance

By Steve Keating

Top seeds Serena Williams and Novak Djokovic were forced to take a backseat to America’s latest tennis sweetheart on Thursday, as 15-year-old Catherine Bellis hogged the Flushing Meadows limelight once again.

However, Bellis, who shot from obscurity to fame with a shock first round win over Australian Open finalist Dominika Cibulkova, could not deliver the fairytale American tennis fans had hoped for, falling 6-3 0-6 6-2 to Kazakhstan’s Zarina Diyas.

While former U.S. Open champion Andy Murray…

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Local News August 29, 2014

Ten years for smuggling cannabis

LARNACA Criminal Court on Thursday sentenced a Romanian national to 10 years imprisonment for smuggling 20kg of cannabis into the island.

Christina Alempi, 24, had pleaded guilty to the charges. The court decided to impose the stiff penalty despite her full cooperation with authorities.

The court handed her 10 years jail for illegal importation and another 10 years for illegal possession; the sentences will run concurrently.

Alempi, a resident of Greece, was arrested at Larnaca airport on the night of…

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International News August 28, 2014

Ukraine leader says Russian forces are in the country (Updated)

By Richard Balmforth and Pavel Polityuk
Ukraine’s president said on Thursday that Russian troops had entered his country in support of pro-Moscow rebels who captured a key coastal town, sharply escalating a five-month-old separatist war.
President Petro Poroshenko told a meeting of security chiefs that the situation was “extraordinarily difficult … but controllable” after Russian-backed rebels seized the town of Novoazovsk in the southeast of the former Soviet republic.
Earlier Poroshenko said he had cancelled a visit…

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Sport August 28, 2014

Winning Wawrinka bristles as Peng causes upset

By Steve Keating

Second round action at the U.S. Open began with a shock and ended with some late-night drama as men’s third seed Stan Wawrinka barked at fans before shouting for joy at his 6-3 6-4 3-6 7-6 (1) win over Thomaz Bellucci on Wednesday.

The day got off to an explosive start with Chinese doubles specialist Peng Shuai upsetting fourth-seeded Agnieszka Radwanska of Poland 6-3 6-4 and finished under the floodlights in the early morning hours with Wawrinka…

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